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Zachary Doe
Zachary Doe
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and sincere with a hint of danger!, 19 Feb. 2015
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A charming read that should appeal to children and parents alike. Zachary Doe lives on a farm with his annoying younger brother and the book follows a year of his life as he struggles with bullies, farm life and paranormal experiences. For adults there are pure moments of nostalgia as Pardoe recreates the problems of growing up with a writing style that borders on Dickens at times. For children who are going through these experiences they will find they are not alone and will identify with Zachary's struggles.

The plot is mainly driven by a gentle, warm humour that demonstrates Pardoe really understands people, yet there are also moments of tension, drama and danger mixed with the harsh realities of farming life.

I can see this being made into a TV series for Sunday nights with it's mix of humour, intrigue and country life. I would think it's aimed at 10-14 year olds - and anyone who has ever been bullied, been to school, lived on a farm, fallen in love and seen a ghost!


Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain
Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising, poignant and uplifting, 4 Oct. 2013
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Two blokes cycle the length of Britain after starting out with just a pair of pants each. You expect laddish banter and hardship but as the tone of the book is so down to earth the antics of the riders and the difficulties they face are pushed off centre stage. The stars of this charming book are the strangers they meet who give up their time, food, shelter and a surprising amount of free alcohol in the spirit of adventure. Britain is far from dull. There are lots of eccentric people to have fun with if you drag your attention away from celebrities and get to know the people you pass on your travels. Buy this book. You won't regret it.


Peaches for Monsieur le Curé (Chocolat 3)
Peaches for Monsieur le Curé (Chocolat 3)
by Joanne Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, insightful and compelling, 7 Jun. 2013
Other reviewers are going to dwell on the feast for the senses this novel provides but I'm going to concentrate on the bravery of this enchanting story. Harris takes us back to the small village in rural France that starred in Chocolat and we find the village is locked in suspicious tension. Father Reynaud is in the process of being outcast in favour of a new `modern' Father and there is a new Muslim community from North Africa.

The hippy with a touch of magic - Vianne knows she has to get people talking to each other but she finds out secrets that threaten her own family way of life.

Harris piles straight into the problems that exist between races and religions, classes and ingrained routines. Everyone will find a viewpoint somewhere in the book that echoes their own and they may well find themselves questioning its validity.

It is packed with fantastic characters and the image of Father Reynaud taking confession through his letter box still makes me laugh.
It's not a light read as there are so many characters to keep track of but you should read it because you will enjoy it and be moved by the experience.


A Stitch in Time
A Stitch in Time
by Amanda James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great timing, 22 May 2013
This review is from: A Stitch in Time (Paperback)
Sarah Yates is a history teacher who gets sent back in time to the points in history she teaches at school. She finds the reality of daily life in these different circumstances very different to what she teaches, but the hardest part for her is opening up to the concept of real love.

The re-inventing of the concept of a 'stitch in time' is clever and but there is very little sci fi in this book as it is unashamedly about focusing on an ordinary woman who is far stronger than she ever realised. It works because Sarah is so ordinary, just like anyone who could be in your circle of friends. She is naturally funny and her and the male love interest make a compelling couple.

It's fun, fast and compelling and will make you smirk whenever you hear anyone mention the phrase 'a stitch in time'. Highly recommended!


The Puppet Master (Poker Face Book 2)
The Puppet Master (Poker Face Book 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop headstrong drama, 16 Jan. 2013
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The feisty heroine, Ruby, fell out of the frying pan into the fire in the first book of this series (Poker Face) when she was saved by the Mafia. Now she discovers that the Mafia don't get it all their way as other evil forces target her as a weak link. Except that if you read Poker Face you'd know that Ruby is far from weak!

The author puts Ruby through so much in this book you'll probably be exhausted by the time the climax ends. You might even find yourself muttering to yourself as Ruby does the wrong thing again, but that's part of her charm. We have a bunch of larger-than-life characters that are still refreshingly real and some black humour to keep it all ticking along.

I found there were a few too many references to what happened in the first book, but I read that quite recently so they will probably not be an issue for most people. Get stuck in!


30 Day Twitter Challenge (30 Day Challenge)
30 Day Twitter Challenge (30 Day Challenge)
Price: £2.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Fab for newcomers and still useful for old hands, 16 Jan. 2013
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This handy little course is a great distillation of how to use Twitter for business. Priceless for anyone just starting out it also contains enough useful tips for experienced tweeps to more than pay for itself.


Pearls
Pearls
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing with an exciting finale, 12 Dec. 2012
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This is a clever book that the author claims to be about self-love but mostly it's about self-hate - the choices we make that undermine us and what we really want. The skill here is producing a story that doesn't preach, but entertains and leaves you contemplating your own situation. There are dashes of humour and a pulse-quickening element of danger at the end creating an all-round winner. Just watch out for the frogs!


Georg[i]e
Georg[i]e
by Marion Grace Woolley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and revealing, 5 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Georg[i]e (Paperback)
This is the first LGBT novel I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It follows the experiences of Phoebe as she is jolted off her comfortable existence when she splits up with her boyfriend. She meets the handsome and charming George but he is not quite what she expected. A probing look into the transgender world and our 'natural' prejudices that is otherwise a normal (yet well-written) piece of Chick Lit. Don't expect voyeuristic thrills but do expect your mind to be opened.


Standing on Air
Standing on Air
Price: £21.96

5.0 out of 5 stars A sublime and varied album, 29 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Standing on Air (Audio CD)
I've been experimenting with different types of music over the past few years to find new inspiration for my writing. I've enjoyed modern tango such as The Gotan Project, dabbled in flamenco guitar (although I can't listen to a whole album without getting fidgety) and have been tapping my feet to Brazilian beats and soulful tunes. However, I hit gold with Robin Hill's album as it contains elements of all the above and it is simply beautiful and mesmeric.
There are a wide range of styles each centering on Hill's guitar skills. A few have some dreamy female vocals but it is mostly instrumental and it evokes a feeling of deep relaxation or unhurried passion. Perfect music for relaxing, romancing and making unhurried love to. Also great for background music to work to as it soothes and lifts equally and it even calms my two manic young children down!
If like me you can't cope with the standard 'chill out' plinky plonky type music I suggest you give this a try.


Poker Face
Poker Face
by Jess Sturman-Coombs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!, 19 Oct. 2012
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Ruby leaves school not expecting much in the way of qualifications and is dreading having to spend more time with her alcoholic dad. However, when she blags herself a job she gets a lot more than she bargained for... This coming of age tale is edgy, fun and mischievous. If you are expecting a sweet little tale don't bother reading it. Ruby has a tough life, but she's got more than enough guts (and a wicked temper) to cope with (almost) everything that heads her way. She's got more balls than that Potter boy and can't rely on magic to get her out of trouble. Great fun. Read it.


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